A Critical Analysis of William Alston’s View of Religious Language, with a Comparison with Classical and Modern Islamic Theories

Sajedi, Abolfazl, Ph.D. Concordia University (Canada), 2001. 312 pages. Adviser: Despland, Michel. Publication Number: AAT NQ59222.

The twentieth century is considered to be the century of the linguistic turn. Because of the close relation between philosophy and religion, this recent philosophical interest in language has had a great effect on the understanding of religious language. The present work concentrates on two controversial questions regarding religious language: (1) What are the characteristics of religious discourse? Is there a language peculiar to religion? (2) How should we interpret religious statements? Should we conceive them symbolically, analogically, literally, or in other ways?

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